Thursday, October 13, 2011

BLT Salad

Love my Turkey Bacon!!! Also Tomatoes are pretty much almost over here in Cal so I have to use them as much as I can until I have to say bye, bye to nice locally grown Tomatoes until next season:( I also love a BLT with Gluten Free bread. I would eat a BLT everyday in the summer if I could afford to eat that many calories that comes with GF bread. So I decided to hold the bread and make a salad instead. I usually buy a few packets of Turkey bacon and keep them in the freezer to have them on hand for a fast lunch or breakfast. Turkey bacon takes no more then 15 minutes to thaw in a sink filled with water. So don't worry about the thawing issue.

This recipe makes two large entree size salads.

For the salad you will need:

1 large tomato chopped sliced whatever you like
1 medium red onion sliced
1/4 cup of chicken or veg broth
1 package of nitrate free organic Turkey bacon or Vegan un-bacon
as much either Spring Mix lettuce as you like or Spinach leaves or combo. I think I put about 12 cups if you need some kind of reference. 
couple of cranks of the pepper mill

1. Fallow package instructions for preparing your bacon of choice. Just make sure it is nice and crispy when you are done.
2. Slice the red onion and then pour a little oil in your pan and turn heat up to medium (low medium for gas) add your sliced onions and let them sweat a bit. Once they start to soften add the broth and pepper then saute until caramelized. Once done turn off heat.

3. Place you lettuce in a big bowl
4. Cut up your tomatoes and place in bowl with lettuce and place in the refrigerator until bacon is done.
5. Once bacon is ready take out of oven and let it cool just enough to handle then cut into short strips.
6. Grab your salad from the refrigerator and dress the salad.

For the dressing:
1 tbs of Vegenaise I like the Grape Seed oil one or you could use Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
1 half of a organic lemon juiced and zested
a few pinches of Organic Garlic Salt
a few turns of the pepper mill
If you have some Creole Seasoning it goes a long way and adds a nice zing to the tomatoes just a few shakes.

Top salad with all the salad dressing ingredients and then toss salad altogether, or mix in a separate container and serve on the side.

Dish salad into individual plates and top with caramelized onions and bacon. Enjoy!

additions if you have them:
Chopped avocado
Trader Joes Broccoli slaw
Chopped Purple or Napa Cabbage
Chopped broccoli florets
Chopped Zucchini

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